WHY IT’S RAD!
One of just 1,500 made for 1989 only and representing the World's Fastest Chicken Farmer's first RWD vehicle since the late 1960s, this rare Shelby Dakota retains its special Shelby-branded factory wheels, unique exterior trim, and of course its original dash plaque (number 935). The seller reports this truck still wears it's original paint (995 examples left the factory wearing red, 505 white) but cannot confirm this, and along with reproduction graphics, both help nail down the super-cool RAD Era muscle truck look. If it has been repainted, it appears to have been done to a high standard. Powered by its original 5.2 liter (318ci), 175-hp V8, this Dakota appears to be impressively well-preserved throughout and reportedly remains in excellent running and driving condition.
Outside, the truck shows straight sheet metal and shiny paint, and we're happy to report that repro side and asymmetrical hood graphics look absolutely on-point. The blacked-out front fascia, including a deep bumper with integral foglight nacelles, clearly distinguish the Shelby from lesser Dodges, and OEM five-spoke, Shelby-branded wheels look sharp under correct black plastic flares. In back, the bed is topped with its original and Shelby Dakota-specific bed hoop, while down in the business end it's been lined and fitted with a Bed Buddy motorcycle strapdown system. All Shelby Dakotas were configured with a regular cab and short bed, and this one's raised white letter tires present the perfect factory vibe.
The interior is also impressive, and we really dig the OEM Shelby print fabric found on the door cards and split bench seat. Note the Shelby-branded Momo steering wheel and Shelby horn button, original Chrysler cassette deck, and factory dash plaque displaying chassis #935. According to the seller the truck remains almost 100% functional, however the A/C is currently inop and needs recharging or repair.
Power comes from the original LA 318 (5.2 liter) V8, which in Shelby spec made 175 hp and 270 lb. ft. of torque. As with all 1,499 of its brothers, this example puts power down to the rear wheels via a standard 4-speed, column-shifted automatic transmission. Speaking of rear wheels, the Dakota marked Carroll Shelby's first RWD production vehicle in two decades, though we'd rather see this one parked next to a GLHS than just about anything.
The engine bay looks tidy and retains Shelby V8 graphics on the TBI V8's air cleaner housing, and the seller has thoughtfully provided a handful of low angle and chassis shots as well, so be sure to check out the full gallery. Sale includes all original tools and accessories, as well as maintenance and repair records for the past two years.
Shelby MOMO steering wheel
Factory cassette deck
OEM Shelby upholstery
Shiny paint w/ repro graphics
Nicely preserved interior
Fully functional excluding A/C